Want to know what the best sniper rifle is in Warzone? There are plenty of options to pick from in the battle royale game, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a sniper rifle. These weapons will always be worthwhile picks in Warzone thanks to the sheer size of Verdansk, Warzone’s main map. There’s been an effort from the devs to rebalance a number of Warzone’s primary weapons, however, it looks like sniper rifles are not part of this plan.
There are a lot of factors to consider, including which attachments you choose to equip your chosen Warzone sniper with, how confident you are at judging travel time, and what your peeking skills are like. We’ve analysed the lot to give you the definitive answer on which Warzone sniper is best for your playing style.
If you’re curious about how to build these sniper rifles into your Warzone loadout drops or what other Warzone guns you should equip, then check out our dedicated guides on those. You’ll want to pair your sniper rifle with a powerful secondary weapon, such as the Mac-10, the Streetsweeper shotgun, or the best Diamatti loadout.
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Best sniper in Warzone
Here are the best sniper rifles in Warzone:
- Swiss K31
- ZRG 20mm
- LW3 Tundra
- Pelington 703
- SP-R 208
- Rytec AMR
Ever since the devs decided to reduce the time to kill speed on the best Warzone guns, sniper rifles have been entirely ignored. As a result, the Kar98k and the Swiss K31 are the two most popular weapons in the game – without any nerfs, this is unlikely to change any time soon. The Kar98k has remained one of the best sniper rifles in the game ever since it was introduced. There’s no better option for aggressive players who want to use an agile sniper rifle that allows you to be mobile on the battlefield. Check out our best Warzone Kar98K loadout.
Looking for a different type of bolt-action sniper rifle? The Swiss K31 is a great option for players wanting the form of a Kar98k or Pelington 703, but want to go for long distance shots. The default version of this weapon isn’t anything to write home about – read our best Swiss loadout guide to see which attachments you’ll need.
This sniper rifle released to little fanfare when it was introduced in Season 2, but there have been a number of tweaks to the meta sniper rifles to make this weapon more appealing. Featuring the highest bullet velocity in the game, in addition to very little bullet drop, the ZRG 20mm presents itself as the obvious choice for most players. Read our guide to the best ZRG loadout to see how you should put together this lethal sniper rifle.
The LW3 Tundra has the fastest bullet velocity of any sniper rifle on this list, placing it third on our list. Our specific loadout features a unique scope that can go from 2x to 20x without producing any lens flare glint. This is extremely powerful in Warzone as your target won’t be able to tell which direction they are being shot from. Give our best Warzone LW3 Tundra loadout a look to see which attachments you’ll need to upgrade this weapon.
If you like to play aggressively, the Pelington 703 may be the best sniper rifle for you. Similarly to the Kar98k, this sniper rifle is great for fast-scoping, allowing players with steady hands to rack up quick headshots as soon as they see a fellow sniper. Check out our best Pelington 703 Warzone loadout to see which attachments you should use.
Another Warzone sniper that’s capable of downing with a single headshot, the HDR is great for extremely long-range sniping shenanigans as – with the right attachments – you can mod this sniper to have almost no travel time or bullet drop. In most situations, that range advantage won’t really help you out, but it can make the HDR a little more user-friendly. Alternatively, here’s our other go-to HDR Warzone setup.
This is one of just four Warzone snipers capable of downing a fully armoured opponent with a single shot to the head, which makes it a very influential weapon in the right hands. Land the first shot and your trio has an immediate 3v2 advantage in the ensuing fight. The AX-50 differs from the HDR in one important area: time to cycle rounds. If you get into a prolonged Warzone sniper shootout then the AX-50 can burn through its mag at least two rounds faster.
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In the right hands this can be the difference between settling a particularly difficult sniper duel, or securing a team wipe when racing against the gas. Its downside is that it’s got slightly more travel time on round compared to the HDR, so you’ll need to be able to judge bullet drop and enemy movement a little better. Here’s the best Warzone AX-50 loadout.
The SPR sniper rifle has been ignored by the Warzone community after it was quickly nerfed back in October 2020. Since then, the strength of the Cold War weapons has kept this weapon out of loadouts until the most recent balance patch. The SPR is a bolt-action rifle – these weapons tend to fare better in close ranged battles, but this sniper rifle excels when used in mid-range encounters. Try out our best SP-R 208 loadout to see how powerful this weapon can be.
It might take some time for the latest Warzone sniper rifle to bed into the meta, but at the moment it ranks highly for the same reason as the HDR and AX-50. The main reason is for this placement is it’s ability to down an enemy with a single headshot. It does fire very quickly, so if your aim is on point then you can put an entire enemy squad away in seconds. Check out our complete Rytec AMR Warzone guide here for more build options.
The SKS is easily the best of the semi-auto marksman and sniper rifles thanks to its more manageable recoil and some greater attachment versatility. Read our guide on how to level up your Modern Warfare battle pass fast in order to unlock the SKS and Renetti.
More lethal than the EBR-14, but trickier to use in close-quarters. The Dragunov is a little underrated in mid-range battles, but overall it’s just a bit weaker than its bolt-action counterparts.
This actually fares better in Warzone as a long-range poker rather than a sniper. It deals decent damage with decent muzzle velocity and a fast rate of fire that makes shredding armour surprisingly easy – although bagging the kill with the same clip, not so much.
And there you have it, our tier list of the best sniper in Warzone. Hopefully this helps you perfect your setups and bag a few more wins. If you’re taking a class with a sniper then it used to be advised to also bring Overkill and one of the best SMGs in Warzone, but thanks to a recent update we now recommend bringing the best Akimbo pistols for Warzone and using Ghost as your second perk instead.